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To help prevent cerebral palsy, doctors encourage pregnant women to get regular prenatal care beginning as early as possible during the pregnancy. However, since the cause of most cases of cerebral palsy is not known, it is difficult to prevent. Despite significant improvements in obstetric and neonatal care in recent years, the incidence of cerebral palsy has not decreased. More research into the causes of cerebral palsy is necessary to prevent these disorders.

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